Fashionable Register of Dyed-stuffs

(Ryûkô o-somemono chô, 流行御染物悵)

Publisher: Edo-ya Matsugorô

c. 1834


This series of prints of beautiful women is partly art and partly advertising.  The series is listed as number 90 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ôban.



Title: Greenish Brown (Yanagiba onando)

Description: Beauty sitting on floor and having tea


NOTE: The inscription “Yamakichi, No. 1 Hongin-chô” has been added to the main cartouche. This is an advertisement for the dyed-stuffs business run by Kuniyoshi’s father, Yanagi-ya Kichiemon, at No. 1, Hongin-chô.



Title: Edo Purple (Edo-murasaki)

Description: Beauty watching fireworks






Title: Fukagawa nezumi (深川鼡)

Description: Beauty trying on a kimono


NOTE: This print, and the following print, are examples of simplified and less labor-intensive printing.  Note the absence of a publisherʼs seals. 


Title: Special tea (Ririn cha, 利林 )

Description: Beauty carrying a tray of teacups toward a table with birds on the floor around her feet



Title: Carrying a child in a ladylike fashion (komochi arare, 子持 あられ)

Description: Mother with child on her back


I am grateful to Leo Glenn for this image and translation.



“Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).